In the World, but Not of It



Dr. Steve Pettit

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Steve Pettit became the fifth president of BJU in May of 2014. An alumnus of BJU, Pettit previously served on the Board of Trustees. He earned a BS in business administration from The Citadel in 1978 and a MA in pastoral studies from BJU Seminary in 1980. Following his BJU graduation, both he and his wife, Terry, saw their calling in pastoral ministry and evangelism. For five years, Pettit served as youth pastor for First Baptist Church in Bridgeport, Michigan, before entering full-time evangelism. In the following 29 years, the Pettits traveled year-round in evangelism, conducting more than 800 campaigns, crusades and camps throughout the United States and preaching in 21 countries.

Dr. Randy Leedy

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Dr. Leedy, while serving as a university and seminary professor for 24 years, has also served as a pastor for several years. He holds a doctorate in New Testament interpretation, with a specialization in New Testament language. In addition to his most recent book, Love Not the World (BJU Press, 2012), he has authored and co-authored seven other books and 13 journal articles. He teaches seminary-level Greek and has produced Greek grammatical sentence diagrams of the entire Greek New Testament for the acclaimed BibleWorks software program. He has taught and preached in the U.S. and abroad.

Rev. Tim Lovegrove

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Pastor Lovegrove is the senior pastor of Grace Bible Church in Menifee, Calif., a suburb between San Diego and Los Angeles. Tim is a passionate, thoughtful and articulate shepherd whose ministry in California has driven him to seek biblical answers for equipping his sheep to face the influences of the surrounding popular culture. He brings to the conference theologically-grounded experience from the trenches of a contemporary West Coast pastoral ministry.

Tim’s leadership skills and ministry burden were nurtured as a young man in his parent’s ministry home and were enhanced while he served as a resident supervisor at BJU while pursuing graduate studies.

Upon graduation Tim led a team to plant Grace Bible Church in 2003. He also serves as a local hospital chaplain, as a board member of Arch Ministries, a nationwide church planting assistance network, and leads the annual Southern California Ministry Summit, a conference encouraging church planters in the area.

Dr. Mark Minnick

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Dr. Minnick has served in pastoral ministry for 35 years and is the senior pastor of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C. Mark holds a doctorate in New Testament interpretation. For the duration of his pastoral ministry in Greenville, he has also served as a university and seminary professor at Bob Jones University and Bob Jones University Seminary. He is a contributing editor for Frontline Magazine, an executive board member of the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International and an executive committee member of Gospel Fellowship Association Missions. Mark has authored and co-authored three books and monographs, 10 journal articles, 27 book reviews and 75 periodical articles. He teaches courses in Bible exposition and preaching on the seminary level.

Dr. Brian Hand

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While serving as a university and seminary professor for 13 years, Dr. Hand has authored several books, including Upright Downtime: Making Wise Choices About Entertainment, The Worthy Champion: A Christology of Revelation Based on Elements of Its Literary Composition and The Climax of Biblical Prophecy: A Guide to Interpreting Revelation. He has taught at Bible institutes in Ukraine and St. Vincent, and teaches systematic theology and courses in New Testament introduction, exposition, exegesis and interpretation. Brian has served as a Sunday school teacher, deacon, elder and pastor in local churches. He holds a doctorate in New Testament interpretation.

Dr. Gary Reimers

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Dr. Reimers planted a church in New Hampshire and served there for 15 years before returning to BJU where he has taught for 15 years. He currently pastors Cornerstone Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C. while teaching theology and exegesis courses in the seminary. He organizes and directs the Seminary’s study tours, which he has led seven times to the Holy Land, along with three Journey of Paul tours to Turkey, Greece and Rome. Gary has lectured and preached in multiple venues overseas including Poland, Ukraine, Austria, Germany, Antigua, Dominican Republic, Singapore, Myanmar, Mexico, Canada, India, China, Zambia and Thailand. He authored the book The Glory Due His Name: What God Says About Worship and several journal articles.

Dr. Ken Casillas

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Dr. Casillas holds a doctorate in Old Testament interpretation and has served on the BJU faculty since 2001, teaching a variety of Seminary courses in Hebrew, Old Testament theology, and Old Testament exposition. His writings include The Law and the Christian: God’s Light within God’s Limits. In addition to his teaching, Ken ministers as the senior pastor of Cleveland Park Bible Church in Spartanburg, S.C. and travels to Spanish-speaking countries to assist in training national workers. He is presently on a year-long sabbatical from his teaching in the seminary to write full time under the sponsorship of the President’s Writing Endowment.

Dr. Stephen Hankins

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Steve Hankins has served on the faculty at Bob Jones University since 1975. His ministries have included teaching Bible and preaching, providing pastoral counseling for the student body, and authoring Bible textbooks. Currently, he serves as the Dean and Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Preaching at Bob Jones University Seminary.

Dr. Layton Talbert

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Dr. Talbert holds a doctorate in theology and has taught seminary courses in Old and New Testament exposition, hermeneutics, New Testament theology, apologetics, the theology and practice of prayer, and the history and theology of religions. He has authored two books, Beyond Suffering: Discovering the Message of Job and Not By Chance: Learning to Trust a Sovereign God, and over 200 periodical articles, journal articles and book reviews. Layton is a contributing editor for Frontline Magazine and has taught and preached throughout the U.S., Canada and New Zealand.